MANY would sweat at the suggestion of covering a half marathon - even if only in the traditional T-shirt and shorts.
So spare a thought for tenacious Steven Hill who will be tackling the Great Birmingham Run next month, dressed as a Star Wars Stormtrooper!
The Hall Green runner is no stranger to starting a course dressed in an unorthodox costume but he said the armour favoured by Darth Vader’s henchmen had been one of his biggest challenges.
“It’s roasting in there,” said Steven, who completed the Great North Run earlier this month in the same outfit.
“And I’ve still got all the cuts and bruises from Newcastle. It’s a very rigid outfit so it’s rather uncomfortable to get round the course.
“There’s also a dark visor which made it rather difficult when I was going through tunnels - I had to look out for people’s trainers and tops in the dark to see where I was going.”
The 37-year-old, who works in actual fact as a graphic designer rather than a soldier for the Empire, does around six to eight runs a year.
His penchant for comical costumes began a few years ago when he got injured while training for the Dublin Marathon.
“I’d committed to it and I didn’t want to let anyone down so I decided I’d find a silly outfit and not worry too much about the time.”
Since then he’s started races dressed as Kermit the Frog, Zippy from Rainbow and the Beano’s Dennis the Menace.
He’ll be competing in the Great Birmingham Run on October 20, raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
If you’d like to sponsor Steven, email firstname.lastname@example.org
And to find out more about the 13.1mile run, visit www.greatrun.org